Google has launched a new series of promotional videos for Google Pixel True pixel stories. And as you might have guessed, these are true stories from Pixel users, recreated for your viewing pleasure. Google released a pair on Monday titled “The Crash That Called” and “First Call with My Son”.
“The Crash That Called” is about a gentleman named Chris who was driving his family to Gatlinburg, TN for lunch when he was involved in a car accident. While no one was injured, the car crash detection feature on Chris’ Pixel prompted him to call emergency services. If you watch this video, you can see that the area where the accident occurred is just ripe for disaster.
In a car crash detected by a Pixel 3 and above, the phone vibrates, rings loudly, and asks if you need help both loudly and on the phone’s screen. You can respond with “Emergency” or double-tap the Emergency button within 60 seconds. You can cancel the call by saying “Cancel” or tapping “I’m okay”.
If you don’t answer within 60 seconds, your phone will turn on the speakerphone, call 911 with a message that a car accident has occurred, and give you approximate location.
The next video is called “First Call My Son” and features a man named Matthew who is deaf. When he was 55 he was able to call his son on the phone for the first time. He usually lip-reads and wears a hearing aid that doesn’t really help him hear better.
His youngest son Harry plays rugby and lives in Hong Kong. Matthew used to communicate with him on WhatsApp and Zoom and tried to read his lips. Since the screen is flat, the lips will be difficult to read.
When Matthew bought a Pixel, the first call he made to Harry was the phone’s Live Caption feature, which generates real-time closed captions from the words spoken on either side of the call. After 30 minutes, Harry said, “Dad, do you realize we were on the phone for the first time?” Matthew said the experience was wonderful. “Cell phones have been around a long time,” he said, “and haven’t really been fully accessible until now.”
“That’s what inclusive means. You don’t feel left out. Everyone feels the same,” said Matthew.